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Construction Law - update

Construction Law - update
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In the current environment, it is important for lawyers to be aware of the legal issues that arise in construction projects and how to protect clients' interests and ensure successful project outcomes. This seminar will explore how to set projects up for success, how to effectively deal with disputes when they arise, and your options for when things go wrong. The presenters will draw from their many years of personal experience with these issues, with a view to giving practical tips for the practitioner.

This seminar will include:

  • A brief overview of the state of the construction industry
  • How to set your projects up for the best chance of success, including early intervention methods (eg Disputes Boards)
  • What your options are when a dispute arises and practical tips on how to present your case and get the most out of the dispute resolution processes
  • How to pick up the pieces when things go wrong, including termination, insolvency, liquidated damages and performance bonds
  • An overview of recent decisions in key cases.

Learning objectives

By attending this seminar you will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of the state of the industry and recent key decisions.
  • Know what to include in construction contracts to ensure that a project has the best chance of success. 
  • Gain practical knowledge of the dispute resolution processes and how to effectively present your case.
  • Gain a better understanding of your options when things go wrong.

Who should attend

Civil litigators, construction specialists and property lawyers.


A short paper, in PDF format, together with a copy of the PowerPoint presentation will be emailed out prior to the seminar.


  • 4.00pm - 6.00pm (tea and coffee available on arrival)

Fee (incl GST)

In Short

  • $125 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $175 - Non-members
  • Live web stream group pricing available! Click here

Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Click here
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Auckland 30 July
Live web stream 30 July


michael WEB EDIT Michael Taylor
Senior Associate, Russell McVeagh, Auckland

Michael practices in commercial litigation with a particular focus on construction law. He acts for major developers lenders and contractors in high value disputes. Michael practiced at the London Commercial Bar for over, 15 years before joining Russell McVeagh. He ranked as Leading Junior Counsel in The Legal 500 UK and Chambers & Partners UK.

John pic WEB EDIT John Walton
Commercial Barrister and Mediator, Bankside Chambers, Auckland

John is a construction law specialist, practising primarily as an arbitrator, adjudicator and commercial mediator out of Bankside Chambers in Auckland and Singapore. His background is in major infrastructure projects, both in NZ and internationally. John is a member of the Society of Construction Arbitrators (UK), a Fellow of CIArb (London), a Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, and a Fellow and former president of AMINZ.

Cancellation and refund policy

If written notice of cancellation of a registration arrives before the day of the seminar we will refund the registration fee, less an administration fee of $40. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute - to correctly assign CPD credit, CLE must be notified in advance. NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to cancel or reschedule seminars if necessary.

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